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Family, Faith and Fortune in Victorian Sydney

The Edina Estate

The grandest private house surviving in Sydney from Colonial times is unknown, even to many in the heritage movement. Here at long last is the book which introduces “Edina”—and the people who lived there in its opulent heyday. Unspoilt, and beautifully preserved by the Uniting Church, Edina is a showpiece, rich in pictorial art, ornament and garden features. Michael Waterhouse has discovered an amazing array of pictures, showing the Eastern Suburbs before Sydney swallowed them up, and many aspects of the lives of generations of children and adults whose home was the Edina estate. His very readable text opens up a bygone era; it tells the story of Jeanie Vickery, whose tastes and Scottish background set the cultural style of Edina, and her husband Ebenezer, faithful churchgoer, devoted family man and hardnosed industrialist.

Michael Waterhouse is a former Senior Adviser in the Commonwealth Treasury and bank executive. He has had many articles published on the Australian financial system and on historial topics, and is the author of Not a Poor Mans Field: The New Guinea Goldfields to 1942--An Australian Colonial History.

* Huge amazing house that people can still visit in Waverley, but is almost unknown (Belongs to Uniting Church). * Really handsome book to match. * Previously unpublished photos show Colonial lifestyles and early Sydney. * Residents are painted in text as characters, not always nice. * Art and decorations offer interesting insights into Victorian culture. * Write ups to come in heritage and architecture magazines. * Expecting coverage in Eastern Suburbs papers and mainstream media. * Uniting Church celebrations of 100 years since taking over the estate will generate further publicity. * Feature in Traces Magazine.
Double Page Feature in Uncovering Australia’s Past.

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